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On Oct. 30, 2011, the stage of the 40 Watt in Athens, Ga., is aglow — not with the usual rock-star lighting, but with the flickering orange of 10 pumpkins, each carved with a single letter. Together, they spell the name of tonight’s headliner, Of Montreal. As members of the band file onto the stage, each wearing full black body suits with white figures that make them look like skeletons, a man not far from the stage shouts to the girl next to him, “I came all the way from North Carolina for this!” She scoffs and replies that she had driven all night from Texas. Beside her stand a pair of girls dressed like cats, a boy in a sparkling emerald green Zorro mask and a young woman adorned with colorful face paint and feathers.

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